Welcome to the Toddler Program

Welcome to the Toddler Program

We are a team of professional Early Childhood Educators, dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive, positive learning environment, and a home away from home for all families. The Toddler Program consists of two classrooms, a shared multipurpose/gross motor room, and a beautiful outdoor environment.

We recognize that, as parents, you are your child’s primary teacher, and we are committed to working collaboratively with you. We respect and accept each family’s unique structure, values, and beliefs. We continually work to provide an environment that is reflective of the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of all the families in our program.

Open, ongoing, and reciprocal communication between family and staff will be our continuing priority. Two way communication is key in laying a foundation for family involvement and participation, along with building a strong sense of community between the program and families.

At the Family Centre children are viewed as unique individuals with an insatiable curiosity, a sense of wonderment, and a self-motivated need to understand the complex world in which they live. The Toddler Team understands that each child is a competent and capable learner. It is the goal of the teaching team to provide an environment with opportunities that promote the holistic development of each child. We will work with you and your child to develop their independence, as well as skills in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, language, physical, and creative development.

The program is emergent, inquiry based, play based, and child directed. The curriculum is planned specifically for each child’s needs, interests, and developmental objectives. There are many opportunities for hands on, multisensory experiences, and active exploration. It is the goal of the Family Centre to inspire each child to develop a love of learning and to become a lifelong learner.

The Family Centre recognizes the importance of outdoor experiences for young children, and therefore offers many occasions to build an understanding and appreciation of nature. The children are encouraged to use a range of methods to explore and experience the outdoor environment. While exploring our outdoor environment, educators support the children to take developmentally appropriate risks. Developmentally appropriate risks are seen as an opportunity for supportive and knowledgeable educators to support the children in identifying, managing, and navigating risk safely. Experiencing risk is seen as an integral part of learning and healthy development. Examples of risk a toddler may encounter include balancing themselves as they walk across a balance beam, stepping down/jumping from the rock in the yard, or climbing up and running/sliding down the hill in all seasons. By spending quality time in nature, the children will begin to develop an understanding of the natural world and ways in which we care for and respect our environment.

It is the intention of the Toddler Program that all the children will have a place to call their own, where they feel secure, respected and cared for. We welcome any feedback and suggestions you may have as we nurture a partnership between your home and the Family Centre.